Soviet-made MiG-23 fighter crashed in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the US

On Sunday, August 13, 2023, at precisely 16:15 LT, an alarming incident took place at the Thunder Over Michigan airshow, held at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The event witnessed the ejection of two pilots from a privately-owned two-seater aircraft, specifically a MiG-23UB Flogger, bearing the registration N23UB/1038107. 

As per various media sources, the pilots found themselves landing in Belleville Lake after their abrupt ejection, while the jet, unfortunately, crashed in the vicinity of the Waverly on the Lake Apartments in Belleville. 

Soviet-made MiG-23 fighter crashed in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the US
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The Wayne County Airport Authority confirmed the successful ejection of both the pilot and the backseater before the crash. Although it appeared that the duo had not incurred any severe injuries, they were promptly transported by first responders to a nearby hospital as a safety measure. 

Amateur footage making the rounds on social media platforms depicted the MiG-23UB executing a left turn at a perilously low altitude, moments before the two crew members were ejected. 

The unique MiG-23UB, the only privately-owned Flogger in the world, was the pride of former U.S. Navy pilot Dan Flier. Flier, who currently manages a widely-followed Instagram page, frequently posts updates about the N23UB as well as information on other Floggers that are undergoing restoration. 

Before its unfortunate accident, the aircraft had been one of the main attractions at several aviation events. These included the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo held in Lakeland, Florida, in April, and more recently, the EAA’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


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